Monday, May 25, 2009

Man Down

Where did the last 2 weekends go and why did I not brew?  Kristen went to plant the big garden in Red Wing today and declared my Saaz and Horizon rhizomes dead, but she harvested a Cascade and a Centennial rhizome to put in the extra 2 mounds, so it would be nice to get a little extra production.  My new hop count is 2 Cascade, 2 Centennial and 1 Zeus.  The original 3 plants are all around 4 feet and growing strong.  While she was there, I finally knocked out a 10 gallon batch of IPA.  I went off of the grain bill for last summer's short lived Simcoe IPA (which only lasted 13 days in the keg) which was based on Tasty McDole's IPA on the Jamil Show.  The hop schedule was inspired by Surly Furious.  Here's the recipe:
  • 1 lb Caramel 60
  • .5 lb Caramel 120
  • .5 lb Vienna
  • 13 lbs DME
  • 1 lb cane sugar
  • 1.5 oz Warrior (60 min)
  • .5 oz Warrior (15 min)
  • 1 oz Simcoe (15 min)
  • 1 oz Amarillo (15 min)
  • 1.5 oz Simcoe (5 min)
  • 1.5 oz Amarillo (5 min)
  • 1.5 oz Simcoe (flameout)
  • 1.5 oz Amarillo (flameout)
  • 1 oz Simcoe (dryhop)
  • 1 oz Amarillo (dryhop)
I definitely put a dent in last weekend's birthday present to myself of a 50 pound bag of Briess Golden Light DME and 2 pounds of Simcoe, Summit, Amarillo and Centennial.  I've used the Simcoe and Amarillo combo before so I'm super excited about this one.  I'm going to dry hop with a half ounce of Simcoe and a half ounce of Amarillo, but I may do it differently when the time comes.  The OG was 1.066 and comes in at 79 IBUs.

On deck for next weekend (hopefully) is a 10 gallon batch of Patersbier for the summer.  That will make a great lawnmower beer.  Anybody else get some brewing done this weekend?